British Railways Standard Class 7MT
Facts and Figures
2nd January 1951
Total Built of Class
Boiler Working Pressure
Driving Wheel Diameter
Number of Cylinders
42 sq ft
20 in x 28 in
68 ft 9 in
‘Britannia’ was the first of 55 BR Standard Class 7MT locomotives and gave her name to the class. Completed on 2nd January 1951, ‘Britannia’ originally wore the plain BR Black livery with no nameplates to retain her anonymity during testing. She was later repainted into the livery that was to be applied to the entire class, – the livery she wears today – British Railways Brunswick Green which was uniform for express passenger locomotives at that time.
The ‘Britannias’ had a relatively short career, lasting just 15 years, during which she was based in Stratford to haul the East Anglian express services and subsequently in the midland region where she lived out her final days. For some years 70000 had a cab roof painted white to commemorate hauling the funeral train of King Georce VI. Indeed in early 2012 her roof was once again painted white in honor of pulling the royal train once more, although fortunately this time not for a funeral.
After withdrawal in May 1966 it was thought that ‘Britannia’ would become part of the National collection however in the end she was bought by the Britannia Locomotive Company. She remained operational for some years and was moved around the country until her mainline return in 1991. After a few years running she was retired for overhaul and was not to be seen on the mainline again until 2011 after a major overhaul and restoration. She is now a regular performer on mainline railtours and can be seen all over the country.
Britannia is now owned by the Royal Scot Locomotive & General Trust.
Britannia hauling mainline railtours.
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